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Introducing the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The Grace Farm style of sauvignon blanc semillon (SBS) favours complexity over simplicity by integrating the freshness of stainless steel tank fermentation with the flavour, structure and texture provided by 10% barrel fermentation in new French oak. The style offers the possibility of enjoying the fresh fruit character of each variety when young, and showcases the strength of each in the blend, but it also allows the wine to age beautifully and develop texture as it ages. BUY NOW The 2016 SeasonHot, dry weather in late January was a gift following a 70mm down pour that fell mid-way through the month. The white grapes were beginning to soften as the rain came down and threatened to split the delicate skins....

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It's almost Vintage 2016 at Grace Farm

The lead up to vintage has seen some nervous moments in the vineyard. On January 16 we had an unseasonal downpour, with 65mm of rain falling over two days. This led to minor outbreaks of grey mould (botrytis bunch rot) in white grapes through some vineyards (see photo below). Fortunately Grace Farm escaped the berry splitting that can compromise bunches and lead to grey mould. Interestingly, we used none of the synthetic fungicides which target botrytis and we feel fortunate that our programme of sulphur, kelp and fish emulsion sprays have kept the vines in good health and the fruit in pristine condition. At present the vineyard is completely netted and we are eagerly awaiting the first pick of chardonnay in...

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Reflecting on the success of Vintage 2014

It is interesting how a difficult growing season can end up producing wines of distinction. The successes of the 2014 Grace Farm wine releases have followed on from a wet, windy spring in 2013 in which flowering and fruit set were disrupted by rain and gale-force winds. Prior to the 2014 harvest we reported lower-than-average yields in whites, coupled with smaller berries than we would normally expect in both whites and reds. After the windy spring weather passed, a favourable summer set in. With mild ripening temperatures and good soil moisture, vine canopies were under minimal stress and the grapes retained wonderful natural acidity as flavours accumulated. Lower pulp-to-skin ratios in whites and reds translated to a lower recovery of juice in the...

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The 2015 Margaret River Gourmet Escape is almost here

Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza from November 20 to 22, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets are on sale NOW and you can grab them HERE. Grace Farm will be back for the fourth year running with a stall in the heart of the Gourmet Village (picture at the top). Winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan (pictured above) will be present to showcase some newly...

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Grace Farm soars in Halliday ratings

Grace Farm has not only maintained a five-star rating in James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion, but has also consolidated its position with higher ratings for all wines. Australia’s most authoritative wine expert released his annual guide this week. Grace Farm’s Cabernet Sauvignon 13 and soon-to-be-released Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 13 were awarded 96 points. Both the SBS 14 and Chardonnay 14 achieved 95 points. This is an impressive achievement for winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan whose aim is to produce premium wines with consistency and finesse. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 95 points Trophies WA and Perth Wine Shows '14. Partially barrel-fermented, it has tropical fruits at its heart, given structure and authority by lemongrass and snow pea flavours...

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